16th Vessel Joins The Fleet The Gulf Island V, a giant selfelevating, self-propelled lift boat capable of servicing rigs in deep water, was christened recently in New Orleans by its operator, Blue Streak- Gulf Island Operations of Belle Chasse, La.
McAllister Brothers, Inc., has acquired I n d e p e n d e n t Towing Company of Philadelphia, Pa., a major Delaware River tug operator, and will merge it into its organization. The announcement was made by Anthony J. McAllister Jr., president of the New York, N .
David Ballash, president and chief executive officer of Dillingham Maritime, recently announced a restructuring of several companies into a new operating unit, and the appointment of Tom Van Dawark as its executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Suderman & Young Towing Co., a Houston, Texas-based towing firm with operations throughout the Western U.S. Gulf Coast, has announced the election of N. Claxton Rayzor as the company's president. Mr. Rayzor joined the oil field service industry after graduating from Rice University.
Robert J. Blackwell, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Maritime Affairs, has announced the award of a $394,000, 16-month research and development contract to study the port facilities and waterborne commodity flows of 17 states in the Mississippi River Basin and the Gulf Coast area.
Jack A. West has been elected an executive vice president of Genstar Corporation, of San Francisco, Calif. Based in the company's San Francisco executive office, he has assumed responsibility for its marine services group and heavy construction operations.
—Literature Available NICOR Marine Inc. and Sonat Subsea Services Inc. recently announced that they have entered into a cooperative agreement to offer underwater services in the Gulf of Mexico. A NICOR Marine vessel has been modified to accommodate Sonat
Richard N. Weeks, president of Weeks Stevedoring Co., Inc., 216 North Avenue East, Cranford, N.J. 07016, has announced the recent acquisition of two barge-mounted cranes to complement their fleet of floating cranes now numbering 18. Formerly owned and operated by Prolerized Schiabo Neu Co.
As synthetic fiber ropes are becoming more widely used in various industries and government agencies, there is a need for comprehensive engineering data to compare the various constructions. In a specially prepared technical report for the Offshore Technology Conference,
E. Whitney Olson has been named president of Willamette Tug & Barge Co., a major Portland, Ore.-based ship assist, general towing and barging, and oilbarging firm which operates in the Ports of Portland, and Vancouver, Wash. He also serves as